What is an ethernet connection and how is it different from an internet connection?
Ethernet technology connects devices in a wired local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN) and allows devices to communicate with each other via a set of rules or common network language.
Ethernet describes how network devices format and transmit data so other devices on the same LAN or campus network can recognize, receive and process the information. An ethernet cable is the physical, encased wiring over which the data travels.
The difference between internet and ethernet is that the internet is a wide area network (WAN), while ethernet is a local area network (LAN). Internet is a worldwide large network that connects a large number of devices around the world while ethernet is a network that covers a small geographical area. Here’s a chart comparing both:
Internet vs. Ethernet
What are the benefits of ethernet to your business?
The three biggest advantages of ethernet are increased speed and bandwidth, better network performance and added reliability, but there are several other benefits:
- More flexibility
- Allows you to better keep up with data requirements
- Increased security
- Low latency
How do you know when it may be time to switch to ethernet?
The useful life of equipment, market innovation and operating costs will be major driving factors in any network upgrade, but there are several other factors you should consider that could make the switch to ethernet a good choice:
- Your business is expanding
- You’re having network issues such as:
- Virtual meetings have delays due to connectivity issues
- Messaging tools (such as Slack) keep reconnecting
- Frequent page load errors
- Engineering dashboards go down
- You need to consolidate network space and data
Take our Ethernet Network Services Assessment to see if you can improve connectivity
With so many changes in business and workforce requirements, it’s critical to reassess your organization’s bandwidth requirements. Digital transformation can hold tremendous promise to improve your business, and network infrastructure is at the center of many initiatives. Robust, seamless connectivity powers the client experience, improves employee engagement and enables product development. Our Ethernet & Network Services Assessment will give you a quick overview of areas of opportunity for optimizing your network, including utilizing ethernet.
Ready to make the move to ethernet, or just have more questions?
If you’re ready to make the switch to ethernet, be sure to check out our detailed Ethernet Services Transition Guide. It’s a model for businesses pursuing an ethernet upgrade, and specifically what to consider and how to get the right advice along the way.
If you just have questions or want to learn more, contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Jason Hotujec has more than 15 years of experience working in ethernet transport, optical networking, network design, data center, and MEF standard networking. Currently he is the Director of Engineering and has worked at WIN Technology for over 16 years.